Who would have thought that an African American and a woman would be serious contenders for the White House, said CPUSA executive vice chair Jarvis Tyner in his opening before the crowd of about 100 CPUSA leaders from the across the country.
The national committee has gathered in New York as part of its quarterly meeting to chart the political course of the party over the next few months.
It is because of thirty years of right-wing attacks on workers and damaging rule that have led to this moment, he said.
"I feel proud at this moment. I feel proud of our party," he said. "We have to do what ever we can to defeat racism, militarism, sexism, and whatever obstacles that stand in the way of social progress," he said.
"We have to do our part to help win a landslide in the November 2008 elections. This is a role of our party," he said.
CPUSA organization secretary Elena Mora proposed chairs for the various sessions and the agenda of the two-day meeting:
Sam Webb's main political report
Joelle Fishman report on the elections
Elena Mora, remarks on party and press building
Marc Brodine on the environmental crisis
Matt Parker and Sam Delgado, Internet presentation